Guiseley Vixens are through to the 4th Qualifying Round of the Women’s FA Cup after inflicting a 7-2 thrashing on Rotherham United Ladies at Nethermoor Park.
Goals from Sarah Danby (2), Emily Scott (2), OliviaThackeray, Keegan Lambert and Chantelle O’Hara ensured that The Vixens were in the hat for the next round.
The Vixens were dealt a blow when an ankle injury to scorer Emily Scott just after the hour mark saw her leave the field and the assessment is that she will be out for 4-8 weeks.
Rotherham had their moments, scoring twice with the best coming from Bradie Wild who put the defence under pressure after stealing the ball from a sloppy back pass before slotting past goalkeeper Beth Seasman.
Guiseley had the momentum in the first 15 minutes, playing a good passing game with Rotherham not being able to take it off them. Danby opened the scoring on four minutes after a ball through from Thackeray saw her pick it up on the edge of the box before driving to the six-yard box and slotting it past Charlotte Whiteley.
On the half hour mark a corner whipped into the box saw Emily Scott put it past the ‘keeper with ease, doubling the Vixens lead.
Just five minutes later Rotherham managed to get one back after a pass back was intercepted and a one-two move came off before the ball ended up in the top corner.
The Vixens went back to two ahead on the stroke of half-time when Thackeray’s low drive from outside the box sailed into the bottom corner of Whiteley’s goal.
The second-half started just as the first ended with Lambert taking the ball into the box before putting it past the ‘keeper just two minutes after the interval.
Emily Scott was brought down in the area five minutes later and O’Hara put away the resulting penalty to put the Vixens comfortably ahead.
Rotherham managed to nab a second goal just two minutes later and it was almost a mirror of their first. Another back pass was intercepted by Hollie Barker who put the ball past Seasman.
In the 64th minute Scott scored her second before going down injured just a minute later and instantly waving over to the bench. Natalie Brace came on to replace her.
For the next half hour there were no clear cut chances from either team with both managing to break down the others’ attack.
In the fifth minute of injury time Danby finished off the scoring with her second of the game easily beating the stranded goalkeeper.
Joint manager Glen Preston summed the game up saying: “I’m delighted to be through to the next round. I think it’s hard for the team to peak perform when the opposition aren’t on them. There were aspects of the game today where it was too straightforward.”
Co-manager Kyle O’Reilly had a similar view stating: “Overall it was a positive day at the office. We’ve progressed to the next round of the FA Cup and have navigated ourselves through a tricky period with four out of four wins. Personally the icing on the cake today was the Development team travelling to Hull and picking up three points and giving a good team performance.
“This club continues to grow week on week and I can’t wait to see where we are in 12/18 months’ time if we continue to grow as we are.”
Report by Oliver Coultas